Backpacking Equipment Tips : Taking Down a Tent

Backpacking Equipment Tips : Taking Down a Tent


When you are taking down your tent it is almost
as important to know how to take down your tent and pack it up as it is to be able to
set it up because you want to be able to take it out and use it easily. You don’t want it
all mixed up and confused so first you are going to take the stakes out of everything
which I have already done and then you want to remove the poles and you can do this by
yourself even though setting it up is awkward to do by yourself. You want to take the poles
out of each of the loops and then let it go down. I like to keep the rainfly with the
tent because if I do I just keep it attached on there, I don’t have to put it on every
single time and then if it hasn’t been raining or wet or anything there is really not an
issue with doing that so that is my personal preference. I also like to keep the ground
cloth attached because it is just easier I don’t have to put it on every time. Once again
that is if it is not wet. If it is wet, it is important to take them off separately and
shake out as much of the water as you can because it can damage the coating on the tent.
So as you are packing up you want to take apart all of your tent poles. There is also
a tent pole specific bag. I don’t use it very often though. To take the tent, and the way
I do it is I fold it long ways once and it doesn’t have to be pretty just so you get
the job done, and then I put my tent poles right in the middle of the tent and I use
them to roll it up and you want to roll it up as tight as you can so that you can pack
it into a really really small space in your backpack. Try to get all the air out of it
and from there you put it right in the duffel bag and that is how you pack a tent.

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